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The Most Anticipated Fall Movies, From James Bond to Lady Gaga

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Look, we’re still in the throes of a once-in-a-century pandemic that’s claiming over 2,000 American lives a day. And so, while the cinema is sort of back—at least if you’re a Marvel superhero extravaganza or swoll goons driving cars off cliffs—it’s important to take the necessary COVID precautions, from getting vaccinated to wearing a mask for the duration of the film. (The recent Venice Film Festival served as a solid model for COVID-era moviegoing.)

With that said, there are plenty of exciting new films that will debut this fall season, from Palme d’Or winner Titane, a gender-bending serial-killer fantasy featuring someone having sex with a car, to French Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune, to the great Paul Thomas Anderson’s excoriation of Hollywood, Licorice Pizza.

These are the movies we’re most looking forward to:

The Broadway musical, about an anxious high school teenager who reinvents himself as the best friend of a classmate who dies by suicide, earned critical raves and took home six Tony Awards. But the movie adaptation has been critically mauled over its maudlin execution and the baffling decision to have the musical’s star, 27-year-old Ben Platt, reprise his role as the titular high schooler. Will it be the next Cats—a colossal misfire deserving of the history books? Either way, the brilliant Amy Adams deserves better.

This Netflix film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who frankly hasn’t done all that much since 2001’s Training Day. Here, he’s reunited with his Southpaw star Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a 9-1-1 dispatcher sent into panic mode when he receives a call from a kidnapped woman (voiced by Riley Keough). Yes, it’s penned by True Detective scribe Nic Pizzolatto, which means it’ll be overwritten to the point of exhaustion but will still prove a treat for fans of the oft-electrifying Gyllenhaal, who remains an unpredictable delight.

There’s been precious little buzz when it comes to this supercharged supervillain sequel, which is never a good sign, but witnessing Tom Hardy’s Venom square off against Woody Harrelson’s Carnage—and thus, seeing Hardy and Harrelson locked in a vicious battle of acting one-upmanship—should be good fun. Add the always reliable Michelle Williams, Stephen Graham’s detective, and Naomie Harris as Harrelson’s love interest, and you have a wicked stew.

This prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos, perhaps the greatest television show ever, comes from show creator David Chase, who’s decided to dramatize the origin story of Tony Soprano—capturing his teenage years in 1960s and 1970s Newark, New Jersey, amid the Newark race riots. While fans of The Sopranos will recognize character names, from Dickie Moltisanti to Uncle Junior and Paulie Walnuts, and it’s touching that Chase chose to cast Michael Gandolfini, the real-life son of the late James Gandolfini, as young Tony, the whole ordeal could’ve used more humor.

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